PEBBLE MINE

This is an ongoing independent film currently in production. I will be working in Bristol Bay and the Lake Illiamna region throughout 2018.

Pebble Mine is projected to be the largest mine in North America, promising opportunity and development for rural Alaska. It is also situated at the headwaters of the last great salmon fishery in the world. A fishery that is central to Alaskan culture, employing and sustaining thousands of people.

This story is about a collision of values in a highly polarized landscape. Through the voices of hard working middle class families and the people of Bristol Bay, the film will explore the foundations of ideology and cultural identity driving the conflict over Pebble.


THE LAST FRONTIER


This is what's going on in the Bering Sea. In 2005 roughly 75 percent of crab fishermen lost their jobs. The remainder pay 70 to 80 percent of the seasons gross profit to absentee quota holders. This project chronicles Catch Share programs and the fallout on individuals, communities and culture in Alaska.

Most fishermen in Alaska understand the need for conservation, but Catch Shares encourage fisheries dominated by large corporations and absentee owners. These programs threaten independent and family fishermen at the heart of coastal communities. In a Catch Share system rights to a percentage of the overall quota are privatized, then leased back to working fishermen at very expensive rates. This creates a new type of ownership by those who contribute nothing to the fishery and instead turn fishermen into modern day sharecroppers, an unnecessary and disturbing trend in reaching the goals of conservation. This film goes beyond the sound bite to illustrate some of the complexities in fisheries management and raises questions about the society we're creating in the process.


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